October 3, 2006
The princess of Africa
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Princess of Africa, sings a song by Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa, under a fig tree in the village of Dukem Kotecha, an hour's drive along unmade roads outside Debre Zeit. South African music isn't huge in Ethiopia. But everyone seemed to know the words, or at least the tune.
It all happened last week during a huge government-run, UN/NGO-supported distribution of malaria nets in the region. (The blue thing that the man is holding in the background is an insecticide-treated net.) Malaria transmission season is coming on quickly - it normally peaks in October/November and can kill 100,000 in a matter of months during an epidemic.
In case you are wondering how this all fits together, Yvonne Chaka Chaka is UNICEF's regional spokesperson on malaria.
Posted by aheavens at October 3, 2006 5:07 AM
Hi Andrew! I'm heading to Addis in a month or two to work with a public health program- your blog has been a interesting way to get to know a little more about Ethiopia! Thanks!
Posted by: Radha at October 3, 2006 4:01 PM
EPRDF is making a history and this is a testiment of its commitment to the poor. Great job. I hope it will succeed.
Posted by: guest at October 6, 2006 7:31 PM